England got their World Cup 2018 campaign off to a winning start after a Harry Kane stoppage-time winner saw the Three Lions claim all three points with a 2-1 victory.
The game in Volgograd was watched by millions as Gareth Southgate’s new look side looked to keep up the pace with Belgium, who had beaten Panama 3-0 earlier in the day to move into first place in Group G. With Panama next up for England, they have a great chance of collecting maximum Lessons Learnt From England Vs Tunisia once again, which would see them all but through to the knockout stages.
England came out of the traps quickly in Volgograd and at times were carving Tunisia open with ease due to the pace and movement of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli. However, they were wasteful when guilt-edged chances came their way with Alli and Lingard the main culprits. England’s confidence was growing though and in the 11th-minute captain, Harry Kane tapped home after Tunisian keeper Mouez Hassen clawed out a John Stones header from a corner.
The Three Lions were dominating, but after not taking their chances, they were punished from the penalty spot as Ferjani Sassi drew Tunisia level following a foul by Kyle Walker on Fakhreddine Ben Youssef. Tunisia could count themselves very lucky to be heading into the break at 1-1 and this gave them renewed vigour to come out in the second half and dig in as they looked to frustrate England.
England looked comfortable once again after the break, but they were failing to turn their dominance into goals and frustration began to show. They were moving the ball around well and finding space but at times you could say that they were guilty of overplaying it. There never seemed to be panic on the pitch though, or on the England bench, and there was never an urgency to loft balls into the box, even with time running out.
It may have been a case of England being left to rue their missed chances, but they were still creating chances right up until the death and a 91st-minute corner was knocked on in Kane’s direction, who was on hand to flick home. In many ways, it was no less than England deserved as they dominated from start to finish and created chance after chance. They never looked like giving up either and their desire to keep playing right up to the final whistle was rightly rewarded.
So, next up for England are Panama who was beaten 3-0 by Belgium last time out. If England has aspirations to top the group they will need to be more clinical in front of goal and Panama represents a great chance for them to improve their goal difference, which could be crucial in the battle for top spot. Harry Kane having two goals to his name already is a good sign too, as the Spurs man looks to prove himself on the world stage at the World Cup 2018.